Missed out on that little tradition. My grandfather (who passed away in 1983) was what you might call an East Coast liberal priest (went to Harvard Divinity College). Never really was really strict on the more traditional aspect of the whole church thing, preferred to just let us make our own choices about what we wanted to do. Very cool man who I still miss to this day.
Sounds like our grandfathers (mine retired in '89, and fortunately is still around) would have liked each other. Mine still has hate letters from the KKK in Virginia, since he welcomed everyone to his church.